Samsung: Not Just The Chips Are Down

The semiconductor decline stalls expansion in other areas

Used to having their factories running seven days a week, three shifts a day, the 50,000 factory workers of Samsung Electronics Co. (SEC) are getting an unexpected opportunity to relax this summer. Since June, they've had two extra days off a month. They'll even get a paid five-day holiday, the first since 1992. They owe their break not to management but to the worldwide slump in memory-chip prices that has forced the world's largest maker to cut back production.

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